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23 July - Sunday

Porto Covo

Nessi Gomes


Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

An album can be the depiction of a life path. A story of an inner struggle between light and shadow. Amongst dreams and insecurities. Confusion and clarity. This is the first album of Nessi Gomes, "Diamonds and Demons", music with a whole person inside. Nessi was born in Guernsey, one of the English Channel isles. Her surname has a familiar sound because Nessi is the daughter of Portuguese immigrants. Portugal is not manifestly present in her music, but Fado and the dramatic personas of the great Fado singers left their mark in her style. Her alternative folk music is melancholic but also hopeful.

Orquestra Latinidade (c) Siavash Laghai


Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

Neapolitan music sounds like Fado. Milonga is danced like Forró. Coladeira is played with hand claps like Brazilian samba dance circles. For Orquestra Latinidade, cultures are not only placed side by side, but “they coexist and influence each other". Formed by musicians from several parts of the world, living in Lisbon, this project is a tribute – and an expression of multicultural Lisbon. Its origins can be traced from an artistic residence at LARGO Residências where singers and musicians from Europe and South American can be listened to: voice and guitar from Argentina, accordion, bass and percussion from Italy, viola caipira (country guitar) from Brazil, voice from Spain, sax and trumpet from Portugal.

Basel Rajoub (c) Carlos Casas


Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

The saxophone, a Western invention, cannot translate all the Arab music scales. That is the challenge that makes Basel Rajoub move: how to transform the way of playing the saxophone so it can be a vehicle where the beauty of the Middle-Eastern sound can be expressed. Rajoub was born in Alepo and grew up in Damascus. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2011. His latest album, «Soriana» (Our Syria), is «a gift to a homeland left behind». Two European musicians accompany him in this trio: Italy’s Andrea Piccioni, on percussions, and Austria’s Matthias Loibner, on the hurdy-gurdy. The three meet in a crossroads between oriental music, jazz and contemporary music.

The Barberettes (c) Eggplant


Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

They believe the Fifties and Sixties were the time where the best pop melodies and harmonies were written. If what is good does not lose its essence over time, the 21st century and South Korea are as good a place to make them reborn as any other. Shinae An Wheeler, Grace Kim, Sohee Park discovered the doo-wop on the internet and began to play with classic harmonies, giving it a Korean twist. They are the heirs of The Kim Sisters, another South Korean doo-wop trio, who made a career in the US more than 50 years ago. They play in festivals like the SXSW and are the most colourful and fun craze of the Indie music from Seoul. Harmony rocks!